I'm counting my clothes again. How can you detect progress without numbers? (that's sarcastic)
At my first clothes count, I had "tops" (tops/sweaters/salwar tops, saris, dresses, and outerwear), and "bottoms" (pants and skirts and salwar bottoms and shoes).
Tops: 89 + at least 30 + 7 + 6 = at least 132
Bottoms: 14 + 17 + 35 + 9 = 75
I expected low numbers - after all, I've been giving away things and doing the Seven Things for a while now (counting through my seven things for clothes gives me at least 25 tops and 9 bottoms released).
Tops: 40 + 37 + 4 + 6 = 86
Bottoms: 9 + 13 + 8 + 8 = 28
Good job with the bottoms but I still have a lot of tops. What happened? I think there are a few possibilities:
- some of the stuff was hiding during previous counts (laundry or with mom/sister or somewhere)
- I've been getting more new clothes as gifts
- I've been getting hand-me-downs
Saris are the least-reduced category. Technically they are (like dresses) neither tops nor bottoms. They are handed down to me from close family and some are heirlooms or very sentimental, so I find it hard to let go of them. On the other hand, I might wear one a month, at most. Time to buckle down.
Today I got rid of 2 more salwar bottoms (down to 6), 3 saris (one will become curtains some day), and several tops.
Tops: 42 + 34 = 76
Bottoms: 9 + 13 + 8 + 6 = 26
This is a good set of numbers, about 3 tops for every bottom. But I'll keep working at it!
Now it's your turn. How many tops and bottoms do you have? Post a comment below and let me know!
Eco-tip: A good recycling project for major pieces of clothing you're very attached to is to turn them into throw pillows. Cut off a top or sweater at the shoulders, or pants at the crotch. Trim skirts into a square or rectangle. Sew all but one end shut, stuff, and hand-sew closed.